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Wagner scores game winner against Notre Dame; Bowen scores game winner at Virginia Tech
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson junior Claire Wagner has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while North Carolina senior Katie Bowen has been selected as the ACC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week following their performances while helping their teams to victory during the first weekend of league play.
Wagner scored the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to lift Clemson to a 1-0 win over No. 10/3 and previously unbeaten Notre Dame in both teams’ ACC opener. The Cary, N.C., native intercepted a Fighting Irish clearance, settled the ball and sent it on frame for the golden goal. The win for the Tigers was their second over a Top-10 team this season, as they previously defeated No. 8 South Carolina on Aug. 28.
Bowen played the entire 90 minutes in Carolina’s 2-1 win at No. 9/5 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. In what head coach Anson Dorrance called Bowen’s best game in a Tar Heel uniform, she led a defense which helped limit the Hokies to only six shots and scored the game-winning goal in the 61st minute. Bowen finished teammate Jessie Scarpa’s cross in the middle of the box from 12 yards out. Bowen split her time between the midfield and back line, playing 45 minutes in midfield and 45 minutes on defense.
Conference play continues on Thursday, Sept. 24 with seven games, including five that will air on ESPN3. Two Top 25 matches highlight the day as No. 2/4 Florida State hosts No. 11/13 Clemson and No. 10/3 Notre Dame travels to play at No. 1/1 Virginia. Updated national rankings will be announced later today.